Three people had to be fished out of Arlington's Spy Pond yesterday after falling through ice not thick enough to support them out of the water , Arlington Police Chief Julie Flaherty and Fire Chief Kevin Kelley say.
The two chiefs had a simple way to prevent plunging through the ice: Stay off it.
They say that the first rescue was around 11:40 a.m. off Hamilton Road, when a police officer responding to a report of a person foundering in the water found "a 50-year-old Cambridge man holding onto the edge of the ice while treading water." The officer threw the man a rope to grab onto and the officer, another officer and a bystander pulled the guy out for evaluation by Arlington firefighters, they said.
Around 1:30 p.m., police arrived at the same basic spot on the pond in time to watch a bystander use a sled to haul out another man who'd fallen through. That man was taken to Mount Auburn Hospital for observation.
Yet another man required transport to the hospital around 4 p.m. after he fell through the ice and was pulled out by firefighters.
As a result of these incidents, barricades were put in place at several entrances at the pond to deter people from going onto the ice.
The chiefs said that in addition to people staying off the ice, people should also keep their dogs away, because they could go through the ice as well and then the owners might be tempted to try to rescue them and fall through themselves - or call 911 and put first responders at risk in a rescue attempt.
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